I was first exposed to The Pixies in the early 1990s, during one of my frequent trips to the Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard. (How long ago was that? I was still finishing high school and Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV--aka Frank Black/Black Francis--still had hair.) I asked a friend to pick two CDs for me to buy and expand my musical horizons, and walked away with Doolittle (as well as the debut album by The Stone Roses). It didn't take long until Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde became part of my collection as well.
So as a fan of the band, I was excited to see Pixies: A Visual History (funding through June 6) pop up on Kickstarter. The limited edition hardcover book aims to chronicle the band in pictures from right before the bandmates met in 1985 until their breakup in 1993.
The project is being run by Sean T. Rayburn, who co-founded the PixiesMusic.com fan site in 2004--which is now the official band website. In 2011, Rayburn started posting vintage Pixies photos on the band's Facebook page with great feedback. From that came the idea to create a coffe table book with rare photos, reaching out to the original photographers and family members, and tell the story behind each photo as well.
With a week to go, the project is still short of its $150,000 funding goal to the tune of about $35,000. For $75, you can help the project along and get a book of your own if the campaign is successful. And from now until the end of the campaign, order a book and Black Francis will sign it for you when it ships in November.
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